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On 10/14/2014 12:15 PM, Marc Grober wrote:
Is there is technical solution to running parallel text in side by side
pages (the best example would be a text with a translation where you
have the original on one page and the translation on the facing page.
This is done easily enough in columns, but there must be some way to
pass two threads of raw text to a section in which one thread is passed
only to odd pages and the other only to even pages,  or are we stuck
with alternating the text manually and inserting a gazillion page breaks?

I think that page styles will do it. Open an untitled document in Writer. Use the F4 key to open the Styles and Formating Window. Click the "Page Styles" icon at the top of this window. Double click "First Page" from the lists of page styles to apply this style to the page. Then right click "First Page" and select Modify from the context menu. Change the "Next Style" property to "Left Page". Click OK. This should do it. Enter the original text on the left pages and the translations on the right pages. The reason this works is because of styles. They insure that each left page is followed by a right page which is followed by a left page... Writer is designed to begin with the first page on the right, so you need the "First Page" to fulfill this need. From then on the left and right pages will follow correctly. (No page breaks are needed.) In the bottom right corner of the Writer window are three icons of pages. The one of the right is the one you should click if it is not highlighted. This places two pages in the window beginning with a right page first followed by a left right page combination.


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